Bristol Fashion Week SS17
Bristol Fashion Week returned for another season from 29 March - 2 April. Showcasing the best of high street fashion from brands such as John Lewis, M&S, Warehouse, Topshop and Jigsaw, the key trends went down the runway in an energetic and elegant show combining fashion and music and presented by celebrity stylist Mark Heyes and British fashion designer Henry Holland.
New season trends to watch out for included Athleisure, which has become somewhat perennial now; Bohemia, a nod to Woodstock, not the Sienna Miller floaty boho vibe of the noughties, and the high octane disco glamour of the 80s, involving sequins aplenty and lots of coloured leather. Desert colours made a big impact - camel and sand tones were tempered with pops of mustard and burnt orange, and midi skirts and tailored, slouchy jumpsuits were among my favourite cuts. Denim on denim is another big look, which everyone can do as most people own denim in some form or another! I also loved the chic separates which made up the Modernist scene; all pale colours and simple shapes.
Metallics are always great for the summer as they are so easy to wear day to day when the sun is shining. Invest in a pleated silver skirt (the one pictured is by M&S if you can believe it!) or choose a sporty metallic backpack or chunky strap sandals to try the trend. Colour is also big news - colour drenching, or wearing one colour head to toe, is a brave catwalk look that could be considered for event dressing, but might be one to approach with caution (especially if you thrive on not wearing many colours, like me!)
Overall; another fantastic look at the season ahead on the High Street from Bristol Fashion Week. My Spring shopping list is bound to include something from the catwalk; last season I bought some River Island leopard print boots that I saw on the catwalk and adored. This season my key piece has to be either the silver midi skirt or this Karen Millen jumpsuit - not a place I normally shop, but, like Warehouse, KM has undergone somewhat of a transformation of late; and it's looking great.